Dr. Jake Dyble | PhD

M.A. (University of Cambridge), M.Phil. (University of Cambridge), Ph.D. (University of Exeter/Università di Pisa)

Short Bio

I am a historian of early modern Europe and the Mediterranean working at the boundaries of legal, economic, and social history. After completing a BA in History and an MPhil in Medieval History at the University of Cambridge, I undertook a PhD in Early Modern Maritime History awarded jointly by the University of Exeter and the University of Pisa, supervised by Professor Andrea Addobbati and Professor Maria Fusaro. My thesis examined the legal development and economic impact of General Average (GA), an ancient legal procedure still used today to distribute the extraordinary costs of maritime voyages, and was awarded the British Commission for Maritime History’s Doctoral Award for the best PhD thesis in maritime history (2022). I study the history of labour and the history of commerce, and am especially interested in the way that trade both transcends and shapes notions of social, national, and cultural difference. My research into Transatlantic and Mediterranean slavery, examining the changing legal status of slaves across Europe, was recently awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Alexander Prize (2023).